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SPECIAL OFFER - AND NEW ARTICLES!
The tempo of life is picking up around here. Two new articles this week - and a special offer on a new webinar. Plus, we are working on a big event that I can announce this Thursday.
Last week, I shared my concerns about how Video Blocks was marketing its products. While I stand by my concerns, I made an error that I need to correct.
Video Blocks is a ten-year old, Virginia-based, privately-held company that has given away millions of free clips to hundreds of thousands of members around the world. Founded by Joel Holland, they adopted the same business model as that used by Netflix, Audible, and other companies by offering a free trial period to their subscription service before payments start. (30 days for Netflix, 7 days for Video Blocks.)
I wrote that Video Blocks did not disclose that getting the free downloads required registering for a paid subscription. My statement was not correct. On the second page of the subscription sign-up, prior to completing the registration, there are three separate disclosures explaining that the free products are free and that you have a seven day window to cancel your subscription before charges start to apply.
In a phone call and several emails with Ben Sachs, product manager for Video Blocks, I was assured that they take customer service seriously, that they have a 91% customer approval rating, and that if I get any complaints I should forward them directly to him so they can get resolved.
While I personally wish they would disclose the credit card requirement in their promotional email blast, their practices do appear to be in line with others in the industry. If you have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL OFFER ON JOB HUNTING WEBINAR
Our webinar last week on "Job Hunting and Survival in Today's Economy" was a great success. Lots of interest and questions. So much so, that I want to make you a special offer.
All of us are struggling with how to look for work, keep clients, negotiate better rates, and survive in this era of shorter deadlines and smaller budgets. As I mentioned in my Amsterdam speech, one of my key goals is sharing skills and tips to help every editor find work. And this webinar can definitely help.
If you are a subscriber to our video training, this webinar is available as part of your subscription. I recommend you watch it as soon as you have time.
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FEATURED BUZZ INTERVIEW
THREE NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK!
One of the questions I get a lot is how to handle frame rate conversions. Last week, on The Buzz, we spoke with Russo Anastasio
, President of Shapeshifter. Recently, he handled all the format conversion for the PBS special: "Mel Brooks: Make Some Noise." And I was very interested in how he described the process of up-resing SD to HD and frame rate conversions.
Listen to Russo Anastasio's interview here
Listen to the entire show here
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. Read the transcript for this show here
I have two new articles, plus a link to my advanced trouble-shooting tips for Final Cut Pro X. And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.
AND, for all you Premiere fans, as soon as Adobe releases the new version, we will be covering it with both articles and webinars. You are not forgotten.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Use Auditions for Voice-Overs
Auditions are new with Final Cut Pro X. They allows us to quickly compare two or more clips in the Timeline to see which works the best.
However, for many editors, they remain a mystery. So, in this article, I provide a very easy, practical example of how to use Auditions to select the best voice-over.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Use Compound Clips to Rename Clips
, of the University of Michigan, suggested this tip. Well, actually, he wrote most of it.
If you are looking for a new way to use compound clips effectively, read this article.
And if you are trying to figure out WHAT a compound clip is and how to create it, well, read this article, too.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
This is a reminder, that if you haven't looked at this article, you should take a minute and read it.
Here, I've assembled an all-new batch of trouble-shooting questions, answers, and tips.
Along with some general purpose Macintosh trouble-shoot suggestions, as well.
If only to decrease my emails, please bookmark this page - there's a ton of stuff you can use today to get out of trouble and keep your system running smoothly.
Learn Apple Compressor 4
Ultimately, all our projects end up on the web. Which means that if we don't know how to compress our video to make it look good, all our work during production and post is wasted.
In this in-depth video training, Larry Jordan shows you how to make the most of Apple Compressor 4.
Whether you are a new or experienced editor, this training will help you make your media look and sound great!
Here are the top three articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days.Articles
We expanded this to the Top 4 to add more variety:
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This list is based on the webinars watched most often by our monthly subscribers. For a list of all our webinars, visit here.
Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews
For a list of all the audio interviews we've conducted on The Buzz, visit here.
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